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election day. americans head to the polls with the white house keeping a close watch on high stakes races too close to call. wener by default. afghan president that mid karzai promises to root out corruption and rebuild trust in his government. and what a mess. a forklift accident at a warehouse triggers a colossal collapse. this is the "cbs morning news" collapse. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, november 3rd, 2009. captioning funded by cbs good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. off-year elections usually don't generate much interest, but on this election day, it this are two governor races the white
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house is watching very closely. in new jersey and virginia, voters could provide something of a preview of next year's midterm congressional contest. the outcomes if it these two key states will also be seen by some as a referendum on the obama presidency. karen brown reports. >> reporter: new jersey governor jon corzine is shaking all the hands he can before tuesday's election. in a race that's come down it the wire, president obama has had the democrat's back. >> to stand there and say that he thinks jon corzine is the best partner for him, that's a strong message to our folks and it makes fee meal really good. >> reporter: president obama made five appearances for corzine, but republican challenger chris christie expects to win. >> tuesday is a account ability day, everybody prt corzine recognizes president obama's support is just one factor. do you think he has the political clout to can in here and affect the new jersey vote? >> i think he is an important element that people will consider. it's not the only element. >> reporter: these off-year
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races are important because they can shed light on how next year's critical midterm elections will shape up. fairly or not, they are often seen as a reflection of the president and his policies. >> the white house political team has the new jersey gubernatorial race at the top of their watch list and a defeat in a blue state like new jersey would be very damaging to them politically. >> reporter: president obama also campaigned for virginia's creigh deeds. candidate carried is in 2008, but he's trailing with independents turning away for the democrat and breaking for republican candidate bob mcdonnell. some voters say the president's visits don't change anything. >> the president backing someone has no affect on how i'm going to vote. >> reporter: when f. comes to local issues, many residents insist they're a better judge of the best capped dat. karen brown, cbs news, patterson, new jersey. and besides the head to head races, a couple of state referendums on same-sex marriage could have a national impact. maine voters will decide whether to accept or reject a same-sex
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marriage law approved in may, while voters in washington state decide whether to keep a domestic partnerships law which grants same-sex couples the same legal rights as those who are married. this morning afghan president hamid karzai says he'll root out corruption that is undermined trust in his administration. karzai spoke with reporters a day after he was declared winner by default of a drawn out election marred by fraud. former challenger abdullah abdullah dropped out of a runoff saying the election could not be share. karzai now says he wants a government for all. >> it will be a government of unity, it will be a government for all the afghan people, and as a matter of fact as i've said many times before, i don't have an opposition. >> president obama called karzai yesterday with congratulations, but also warned the afghan leader he expects serious efforts on to end corruption. north korea is raising new nuclear threats again this morning. the north's official news agency says the country has finished
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reprocessing 8,000 spent fuel rods to extract enough weapons grade plutonium to make at least one atomic bomb. the announce want comes as north korea is trying yet again to pressure the united states to accept its demand for direct talks. back at home, another major economic relief bill could soon be president obama's desk. it's packed with tax credits for home buyer, and welcome relief for the nation's unemployed. whit squon son is in washington with details. >> reporter: good morning. well, the white house says that the economy is recovering, but americans continue it lose jobs and critics argue the federal government should focus on paying down debt instead of funding new programs. millions of americans could see their jobless benefits extended through the holiday season. the senate is expected to vote on a bill this week that would keep the funds going for several more weeks. and expand a tax credit for first time home buyers, all but two republicans helped the measure move forward monday.
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it provides up to 14 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to people who need it, and in states where the unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher, the unemployed would get 20 weeks, an $8,000 tax credit for tax time home buyers would also be extended throughup, as long as buyers sign a purchase agreement by april. the bill will cost more than $22 billion over the next ten years. it's expected to win quick passage in both houses of congress before heading to the president's desk. >> we're not where we need to be yet. we've got a long way to go. >> reporter: unemployment has already reached a 26 year high of 9.8%. and just yesterday, the president warned that number could go even higher. >> we anticipate that we're going to continue to see some job losses in the weeks and months to come. >> reporter: just how much more remains to be seen. but new unemployment numbers come out friday. and economists warn the figure could top 10%.
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the senate vote on the unemployment bill was 85-2. it's likely to move to a final vote by the end of the week. michelle? >> whit johnson in washington. whit, thanks. on the cbs "moneywatch," stocks in asia continued to slide this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. ashley, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, michelle. well, asian markets were mostly lower today as doubts linger about the strength of the u.s. economy. hong kong's hang seng fell almost 2%, while japan's nikkei index was closed for a national holiday. better than expected news on manufacturing, construction and housing put measure investors in a buying mood on monday. the dow jones jumped 76 poents, the nasdaq gained 4. all three u.s. automakers report their october sales today and wall street is hoping the worth of the industry's stubbles are over. ford you are surprised investors yesterday reporting a third quarter profit close to $1 billion. analysts pre-digt american carmakerses sold more than 10 million vehicles last month.
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that would be the best sales of the year not counting the cash for clirngs program. the federal reserve kicks off a two day meeting on interest rates today. with inflation under control, the fed is expected to leave short term rates unchanged a at a record low of near zero. and if you're planning to fly around the holidays, the priest just went up. most airlines have increased a surcharge from $10 to now $20 each way for the busiest travel days, including thanksgiving, christmas and new year's. travel experts warn that this new surcharge is likely to continue after the holidays, as well, as airlines continue to struggle to make a profit. and while americans are starting to make a budget for the holiday, one place they say they're planning to cut back on is tips. a survey by consumer reports found that one out of four say they plan to give smaller tips to many service providers, including hairstylists, mail men and newspaper occurors. and, you know, i've got to say, i don't position a smart lays to
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cut back is my hairstylist because i'm not sure what my hair would look like when i walk out of there. the pay back would not be worth it. >> one side up, one side down. >> very short cut i would get probably. >> ashley morrison here in new york, ashley, thanks. just ahead on the "morning news," switching gears now, a recall of tainted beef. plus, an update on the safety of the h1n1 flu vaccine. first, katie couric has a preview of tonight's rbs evening news oig. some of your favorite singers have been use you auto tune that can make anyone sound lying a pop star. so why are some critics so against it? that story tonight on the "cbs evening news." you've got good reasons to eat better. so now 23 campbell's chunky soups have 100% lean meat and a full serving of vegetables.
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bank park. a beef recall is under way after a possible e. coli outbreak. tantsed meat killed at least two people and sickened 28 others. more than half a million pounds of ground beef is linked to an e. coli outbreak at the fairbanks farms company in new york. the meat was distributed in september to stoors from virginia to maine if hamburger part pattys and other products. a surprising number of american children end up on food stamps. a knew suddendy found that almost half of all children in theist use food stamps at some point during their childhood. and for black children, that number is a startling 90%. with the recession and high unemployment, the governor reports that more than 28 million people used food stamps each month. about 30 million doses of the vaccine for the h1n1 flu virus have been manufactured so far. that's short of the overall 250 million expected to be produced. meanwhile the government reported on the vaccine's effectiveness for two of the most at risk groups. dr. jennifer ashton reports.
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>> reporter: as pregnant women continue to line up to get the h1n1 vaccine, government tests released show how well it can protect them. 21 days after receiving a single dose of the vaccine, 92% of pregnant women had adequate immunity from h1n1. >> this should be reassuring news to those women who already have received the vaccine and it is vital information for those pregnant women who have not yet been vaccinated. >> reporter: earlier clinical trials show those under age 10 were not protected by just one shot. it was confirmed that they immediate two shots. in children age six months to three years, 100% had improved immunity after the second shot. in children ages three to nine, 94% had immunity after the second dose. officials hope results might comfort anxious parents. >> the risk of pot getting the vaccine is much greater than the risk of getting it. and the bep if it's of the
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vaccine is clear. >> reporter: in addition to the unprecedented safety monitoring of the h1n1 vaccine, the government has formed an additional committee of independent experts to look at safety data. dr. jennifer ashton, cbs news, this morning. and one more medical note this morning. researchers say they found a link between some common antibiotics used 20 treat urinary tract infections, and birth defects. the study in the archives of speed i can't tell particularses and adolescent medicine found that penicillins appear to be the safest. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, a phillies slugfest sendses the world series back to the bronx. coffee has always been a labor of love. but now there's keurig. keurig's single-cup brewers let you enjoy an individually brewed cup of gourmet coffee in under a minute. with over 200 varieties of coffees and teas from 13 leading brands, you'll always find your favorite cup. keurig is the new way coffee gets made, like it's ground, measured, and brewed
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, sunny but windy, 58. miami, afternoon shower, 87. chicago, 49. denver sunny and 56. los angeles 76. time for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows that most of the nation can see the secretary full moon as skies are mainly clear with no major storms affecting the country. later today, temperatures will climb back up into the 80s across the southwest under sunny skies. it will be bright and sunny across the northwest and rocky, too. a few showers may development over the no way plains. the southern plains will be dry. it will be pleasantly warm throughout the south and most of the east will be cool and dry.
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in sports, the world series is headed back to yank key stadium. philadelphia's chase utley hit two home runs as the phillies stayed alive in game five. ultimately joined reggie jackson as the only players to hit five home runs in a single world series. the yankees scored three times in the eighth inning and put two runners on in the 90s, but the phillies hung on for an 8-6 win. the yankeess lead the series 3-2. game six is tomorrow night in the bronx. in the nfl, new orleans is still undefeated with seven wins. the saints true brees had 308 yards passing against atlanta and pierre thomas scored two touchdowns as new orleans held off the falcons 35 tsh 27. in the nba, it wept into overtime in sacramento. the kings' kevin martin scored 48 points, including a three-pointer in ot to give sacramento the lead over memphis. the final, kings 127, grizzlies 116. and in new york, david lee
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had a season high 28 points for the knicks against new orleans. and new york won their first game of the season 117-111 over the hornets. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and on the road to recovery. after four years in the red, ford drives its way back to profitability. ogovovwwwvwvñ:÷xñq
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close watch on two key governors' race mistoday's off-year election. contests in virginia and new jersey could provide a preview of next year's important midterm congressional elections. and hamid karzai the newly declared winner of afghanistan's presidential election vowed today to form an enclus sif government and wipe out corruption. another sign the economy is rebounding from the recession. ford motors has made a u-turn by earning a third quarter profit of nearly a billion dollars. dean reynolds reports on ford erode to recovery. >> reporter: it's been 51 months since ford last made money selling cars in this country, so the third quarter numbers were reason for company executives to crow a little. >> consumers are really seeing the value in our product and we're seeing that in our revenue. >> reporter: ford, which avoid the the bankruptcies that be fell chrysler and gm, gained market share and made money around the globe. 3$357 mil3 5$357 million in nor
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$247 million in south measure, $193 million in europe, and $27 million in asia. all in all, nearly $1 billion in priceless black ink, compared to a $161 million loss in the third quarter of last year. >> there's know question that the improvements in quality, the improvements in the product, are what is turning ford around right now. >> reporter: ford's worldwide third quarter results were helped by the government's cash for clunkers program during which ford's focus and escape models were among the top sellers. but ford still has big problems. labor problems. it reached its relative prosperity through, among other things, a rigorous restructuring. corporate speak for slashing 53,000 jobs and closing 13 plants since 2006. a new contract with ford approved by the uaw leadership, but including a six year no strike chaus, was rejected by more than 70% about of the rang and file. gary led the effort to reject it and his local sure did, by 93%.
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>> i think people are angry and fed up with the concessions. we've given up concessions year after year and i think people just got to the point of saying enough is enough that's it. >> reporter: but ford remains bullish on its business. it was only a couple months ago go they were predicting that 2011 would be a break-even year. now it believes 2011 will an year of solid profitability. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. some careless driving caused a massive warehouse accident. you have to take a look at this. security video shows a forklift driver in russia backing into shelves of vodka and cognac agent too quickly in an unbelievable chain reaction, boxes from the rest of the shelves top he will over, burying two drivers. there was a scramble to reach the two men. now, fortunately, no one was seriously injured. get this, though, the cost of the damage? more than $172,000. this morning on "the early
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good morning. the polls open in just over an
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hour in virginia. polls show mcdonnell with a lead that recently returned to double-digits but tim kaine and a slew of other prominent democrats are making a last- minute push to get supporters to turn out in support of creigh deeds. an apparent murder-suicide in triangle, virginia. a man found his 17-year-old daughter and a male acquaintance dead when he arrived home. both were students at forest park high school in woodbridge, virginia. the city council held a second day of hearings on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. among the opponents several religious orgs who say they do not plan to assist with adoptions involving same sex couples. good morning to howard bernstein with our election day forecast. >> get out. that's what we have this morning. we have sunshine and a chilly morning and no weather
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problems. no excuses not to get out and vote. important elections going on. talk about what is happening. the storm system pulled away. ended up being a decent afternoon. a frontal boundary may give us a couple of clouds during the afternoon hours but a quiet day ahead. 33 the cold spot in martinsburg, west virginia but 46 at reagan national. and dulles 39. a lot of 30s west of town. culpeper 34. looking at temperatures by noon in the upper 50s. topping off in the lower 60s. right now a moon lit 46. >> if you want to go early to cast your vote can't blame the traffic either. there's none out there right now. we are kicking off this tuesday morning. 95 northbound everything is clear from dumfries to the mixing bowl. then we will move it to the maps. route 4, 5 and 301 incident
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free. on the outer loop we are also clear. welcome back. >> thank you, angie. dentists an the country took candy from children on monday. they are now headed overseas to troops in iraq and afghanistan. dave statter had a look at one local candy operation in northern virginia. >> a trip to the dentists office can have a lot of scary things for kids an adults. >> we will be working on the left side. >> reporter: in an effort to be friendly they go so far to bake cookies to hide the smell. >> smell is one of the biggest factors of fear. >> and this morning they were snatching the candy out of bags. >> do you think you come to the dentist office and they take your candy. >> it is not surprising. >> they are not taking the
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candy. they are paying for it with cold hard cash, a dollar a pound. >> what are you doing with the money? >> saving it. >> and a way to show others we care. >> why are you giving away candy. >> because the troops are fighting in a war. >> this gives them a chance to have fun and then get rid of their candy in a responsible way. >> i had like 400 pieces. >> i have a big neighborhood. >> dr. rogers says there is more than helping the troops and preventing a few cavities. >> consumption of sugar is increasing every year. >> cutting down on childhood obesity is a good thing and so is giving to others. >> do you think they will like your candy? from the first local station with news in high definition this is 9 news now. in a

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